Date archive forJanuary, 2017
By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
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OPINION: Nigeria: Time To Domesticate United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250

Attorney General and Minister of Justice By Lawal Rafiu Adeniran On the 9th December 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2250. This is the first Resolution that deals with the role of young More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
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Suspected Fulani Militia Killed One, Injured Three Others In Adamawa

ADAMAWA/By Tom Garba, Yola – A group of suspected Fulani herdsmen stormed Gerreng village of Girei local government in Adamawa state and killed one person and injured three others persons. The victim whose More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
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BREAKING: Rivers State Police Commissioner Is Dead

By Dipo Awojobi – The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Francis Bolaji Odesanya, is dead. Odesanya was said to have died this morning in an undisclosed hospital in Dubai after a brief illness. He was More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
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Suicide Bomber, One Person Killed In Aborted Mosque Attack

By Sadiq Umar – Less than a month after suicide bomber’s attack in a mosque inside the University of Maiduguri, another suicide bomber attempted an attack on another mosque this morning at Dalori quarters. Dalori More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Nigerian Customs Intercepts Large Containers Of Imported Pump Action, AK 47 In Lagos

By Sadiq Umar – The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Monday said it has intercepted 49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles in Lagos State. The Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali disclosed More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Insurgency: VSF To Open Operational Offices In North East

By Tom Garba, Yola – The  Nigerian Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism (VSF) is to open offices in some States of the North Eastern region of the country, the organization has proposed Yola More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Dozens Killed In Boko Haram’s Attack On Returnee IDP’s Convoy

By Sadiq Umar – No fewer than 20 people were killed following an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents on returnee Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) along Maiduguri-Damboa road in Borno State on Saturday. Agency More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 30th, 2017
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OPINION: Travails Of Apostle Suleman And Inciting Words Of Sultan Of Sokoto

By Femi Fani-Kayode Nothing sums up the dangerous way in which the DSS is handling the Apostle Johnson Suleman affair better than the words of the Southern Kaduna-based Pastor Owojaye Matthew. He said, “you want More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Okorocha Expresses Confidence In Ndoma-Egba Led NDDC, Pledges Support

By Nuel Suji – The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has expressed optimism on the ability of the current leadership at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to deliver on the Commission’s More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 30th, 2017
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OPINION: Kidnapping: Is Capital Punishment A Deterrent?

By Mufutau Egberongbe Yes, Lagos is more than a country if it is to be compared with some countries in Africa. The Gambia is just a little above 1.8 million people. Mauritus? About 1.3 million people. Not even Ghana More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Produce Herdsmen You Offered Money, Apostle Suleman Tells El-Rufai

By Dipo Awojobi – The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, on Sunday challenged the Federal Government to compel the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to produce the Fulani More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Rivers APC Berates Nyesom Wike, PDP Over Ceded Oil Well

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has blamed Governor Nyesom Wike and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the ceding of oil wells belonging to Rivers to neighbouring Bayelsa, Abia and Akwa More...

By News Investigators On Thursday, January 26th, 2017
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Presidency Dispels Rumour On Buhari’s Health, Says President Is Neither Sick Nor In London Hospital

By Sadiq Umar – The Presidency has dispelled rumour making the round that President Muhammadu Buhari is critically ill with a terminal disease, saying nothing could be farther than the truth. Presidential More...

By News Investigators On Thursday, January 26th, 2017
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Fitch Downgrades Nigerian Rating Outlook To B+

Fitch Ratings Ltd. the credit rating agency has revised the outlook on Nigeria to negative from stable over concerns that a lack of foreign exchange will hamper the economy, and affirmed the West African nation’s More...

By News Investigators On Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
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How Alleged Arms Deal Loot Was Transferred Into UBA, Ecobank, First Bank

By Sadiq Umar – A Prosecution witness in the case money laundering and breach of trust levelled against former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and four others has narrated how alleged stolen funds More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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Dogara Makes Case For N250Billion Expenditure On Roads, Advocates For Infrastructure Bond

By Nuel Suji – The Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has stressed the need for a planned and sustained N250 billion expenditure on the roads, in addition to N140 billion maintenance expenditure More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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How AVM Omenyi’s Firm Received N136m Bribe -Witness

By Sadiq Umar – A Federal High Court Abuja presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, has heard how a former Managing Director of Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Limited (AETSL), a company owned More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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Court Reaffirms Bail For Dasuki, Adjourns Till February 24

By Sadiq Umar – An Abuja High Court has again reaffirmed the bail granted former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki and five others in the alleged arm deal trial involving $2.1bn. Justice Baba More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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Lagos Lawmakers Commend Fayose’s Election As PDP Governor’s Forum Chairman

LAGOS/By Dipo Awojobi – The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) lawmakers at the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday described the election of Gov. Ayodele Fayose as the Chairman, PDP Governors,’ More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 23rd, 2017
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One Killed, Five Injured In Fresh Kaduna Attack

By Dipo Awojobi – The Police in Kaduna on Sunday confirmed that unknown gunmen attacked Zankan village, a Fulani settlement in Kaura Local Government of the state. Spokesman of the command, ASP Aliyu Usman, More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 23rd, 2017
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Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani Joins APC

By Nuel Suji – Former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani, on Sunday joined the All Progressives Congress. Nnamani was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party since 1999. The former Senate President, who More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 23rd, 2017
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Presidency Lambasts Junaidu Mohammed, Accuses Him Of Prejudice

By Sadiq Umar – The Presidency on Sunday fired back at the Kano-based politician Dr. Junaidu Mohammed over his criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing him as prejudiced and biased critic. The Presidency, More...

By News Investigators On Saturday, January 21st, 2017
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Mother Of Unilag’s First Class Graduate Seeks Govt’s Support Brilliant Indigent Students

By Dipo Awojobi – Mother of the University of Lagos (Unilag)’s first class graduate, Miss Taiwo Bankole has appealed to States and federal governments to come to the aid of indigent parents whose children More...

By News Investigators On Saturday, January 21st, 2017
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Yahya Jammeh Caves In, Agrees To Exile

The new President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow has confirmed that his predecessor Yahya Jammeh has agreed to step down and leave the country. Barrow made the announcement on his Twitter handle after hours of talks More...

By News Investigators On Saturday, January 21st, 2017
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Trump Sworn In As 45th American President, Says It’s Now “America First”

Sadiq Umar – Donald John Trump, Republican, president-elect has been sworn-in as the 45th American President. Mr. Trump took over from President Barack Obama whose tenure of office expired January 20. Takes More...

By News Investigators On Thursday, January 19th, 2017
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BREAKING: Police Arrest PREMIUM TIMES Publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi

The Publisher of PREMIUM TIMES newspaper, Dapo Olorunyomi has been arrested. Mr. Olorunyomi was arrested alongside with a Reporter, Evelyn Okakwu this evening at the Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, Head office of the newspaper More...

By News Investigators On Thursday, January 19th, 2017
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IDP Accidental Bombing: NAF Constitutes 6-Man Investigative Panel

By Nuel Suji – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has constituted a board of senior officers to investigate the accidental air strike at Rann, Borno State, in which over 50 persons were killed and several scores More...

By News Investigators On Thursday, January 19th, 2017
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Adama Barrow To Be Sworn-in As President At Gambia Embassy In Dakar

By Sadiq Umar – The swearing-in ceremony for Gambia’s President-elect of Gambia, Adama Barrow would take place at the country’s embassy located in Banjul, News Investigators learnt. Arrangements have been More...

By News Investigators On Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
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Yellow Alert: Nigeria Deploys Fighter Jets, 200 Soldiers To ECOMIG, Jammeh Remains Recalcitrant

By Sadiq Umar – The Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG) is set for military action against President Yahya Jammeh even as his tenure expires Thursday. The move More...

By News Investigators On Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
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Which Economic And Development Policy’s Should Africa Pursue To Ensure Its Survival Path?

By Dr. Mehenou Amouzou Africa has a very serious economic identity problem. When compared to Asia, the continent has made much less progress. China, India, Indonesia and Singapore largely only endured tourism for More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
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How Saraki Funneled $73.2Million Out Of Nigeria -GTB Witness

By Sadiq Umar – An official of the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Mr. Amazi Nwachukwu standing as second prosecution witness in case of false assets declaration against Senate President Bukola Saraki  at the Code More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
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Rescuing Chibok Girls Is At The Heart Of Airforce, CAS, Sadique Abubakar Tells BBOG

By Tom Garba, YOLA  – Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has told the Bring Back Our Girls delegation that rescuing Chibok girls is at the heart of every Nigerian, especially More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 16th, 2017
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Buhari Condemns UNIMAID Suicide Attacks, Says It’s Punishable Before God, Man

By Sadiq Umar – President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the Monday morning terrorist attack at a mosque in the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in which five persons were killed, describing it as “cowardly, More...

By News Investigators On Saturday, January 14th, 2017
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Clock Ticks For Yahya Jammeh As ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Strategise In Abuja

By Sadiq Umar – Military chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region met in Abuja at the weekend to strategise on possible use of force to compel recalcitrant President Yahya More...

By News Investigators On Saturday, January 14th, 2017
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Troops Repel Attack, Kill 10 Boko Haram Fighters

By Sadiq Umar – Nigerian Army say its troops on Friday repelled an attack by Boko Haram insurgents in Kanganwa village in Borno State, killing no fewer than 10 of the terrorists. Troop came under attack by More...

By News Investigators On Friday, January 13th, 2017
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Ex Niger Delta Militants Vow To Expose Pipeline Vandals

By Sadiq Umar – The Ex-militants under the umbrella of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) have pledged to protect the sovereignty of the country and expose anyone found to be vandalizing oil and gas More...

By News Investigators On Friday, January 13th, 2017
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Sagay Warns Nigeria May Lose $550m Abacha Loot To U.S., Calls For Unconditional Release

By Sadiq Umar – The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Itse Sagay, has warned that Nigeria is at the risk of losing $550million of looted funds to the United States More...

By News Investigators On Thursday, January 12th, 2017
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Southern Kaduna Killing: You Are Hypocritical, CAN Replies Council Of Ulamas

By Nuel Suji – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has berated the Kaduna state Council of Ulamas on its call for arrest of Christian leaders in Southern Kaduna over crises in the state, describing More...

By News Investigators On Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
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Buhari Pledges To Honour Agreements With China, Downgrades Relations With Taiwan

By Sadiq Umar – President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the People’s Republic of China of Nigeria’s commitment to all agreements signed with the country last April, expressing readiness to keep its side More...

By News Investigators On Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
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Chamber Coup: Ahmed Lawan Replaces Ndume As Senate Leader

…’I was not consulted, Says Ndume By Nuel Suji – Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki on Tuesday announced the decision the All Progressives Congress members of the Senate to remove Senator More...

By News Investigators On Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
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Senate Halts Planned Closure Of Abuja Airport

By Sadiq Umar – The Senate has kicked against the planned closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), even as it seeks alternative arrangement. Gateway More...

By News Investigators On Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
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Senate Drops Buhari’s Nominee For NERC Board Chair, Calls For Replacement

By Sadiq Umar – The Senate on Tuesday dropped Akintunde Akinwande as the Chairman (nominee) of the Board of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), asking President Muhammadu Buhari to send More...

By News Investigators On Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
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FOR THE RECORD: Obama’s Farewell Speech -Transcript

OBAMA: Hello Chicago! (APPLAUSE) Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you so much, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) It’s good to be home. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) We’re on live TV here, I’ve got to move. (APPLAUSE) US More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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Drug War: NDLEA Confiscates 981Kg Of Cannabis

YOLA/By Tom Garba – In its efforts to rid the state of illicit drugs and other substance harmful to health, the Adamawa state command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has seized 870 blocks More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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SPECIAL REPORT: Refund To Local Councils, Beyond Sharing Of Largesse

By Idowu Ajibade When Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom recently announced the receipt of N12.7billion refund from the Paris and London Clubs, he did so with some sense of relief. It is understandable. Benue, More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 9th, 2017
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Church Headship Tenure Controversy: Buhari Sacks FRCN Boss, Jim Obazee

President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Executive Secretary of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN), Mr. Jim Obazee, even as the Federal Government suspended the Corporate Governance Code  issued More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 9th, 2017
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Call Your “Most Ignorant” Spokesman To Order Now, Ondo Govt Tells Akeredolu

AKURE/By Alaba Ajibade – The Ondo state government has described as “most ignorant” the claims by the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state that it received the sum of N1biillion as accumulated foreign More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 9th, 2017
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Police Confirm 5 Dead In Maiduguri Multiple Suicide Bombing

By Sadiq Umar – The Borno State Police Command has confirmed the Sunday multiple suicide bomber attack in Maiduguri, the State capital in which eight persons were killed. Police Spokesperson in Borno, Victor More...

By News Investigators On Saturday, January 7th, 2017
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Pastor Adeboye Announces Successor, Obayemi Now Heads R.C.C.G Nigeria

By Nuel Suji – The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) worldwide, Enoch Adejare Adeboye, has announced a structural change in the administration of the church in Nigeria. The 75-year More...

By News Investigators On Friday, January 6th, 2017
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Rivers Re-run Election: Police Sacks Governor Wike’s Detail, Five Others

By Sadiq Umar – The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed six of its officers attached to the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike over alleged misconducts during the last State’s and National Assembly (NASS) More...

By News Investigators On Friday, January 6th, 2017
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Buhari Heads To Accra For Swearing-In Of Ghana’s President-Elect

By Nuel Suji – President Muhammadu Buhari will Saturday attend the inauguration ceremony of Ghana’s President-elect, Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo in Accra. In a statement by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, More...

By News Investigators On Friday, January 6th, 2017
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Mikel Obi Leaves Chelsea For Chinese’ Tianjin TEDA

By Nuel Suji – Super Eagle Captain, John Mikel Obi has moved from English Club, Chelsea to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA. Mikel is leaving Chelsea with a record of 372 appearances for Chelsea More...

By News Investigators On Friday, January 6th, 2017
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Presidency Allays Fear Of Security Breach, Assures Of Safety Of Seat Of Power

By Sadiq Umar – The Presidency has dispelled insinuation of security breach at the State House, even as it reassured Nigerians and foreigners of the safety of the seat of power in the country. The clarification More...

By News Investigators On Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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INVESTIGATION: How Elumelu’s UBA Aided Massive Looting By Military Chief

By Sadiq Umar The United Bank for Africa (UBA), without doubt, is one of Africa’s largest financial services provider. Subsidiaries in 20 African countries, representative offices in France, the United Kingdom More...

By News Investigators On Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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Troops Rescue Another Chibok Girl With Baby

By Ibrahim Imam – Another abducted Chibok School girl identified as Rakiya Abubakar has been found by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State. Rakiya was rescued with a baby by the combined effort More...

By News Investigators On Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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Obasanjo Hits Back At Awujale Over Claims In His Autobiography

By Dipo Awojobi – A former President Olusegun Obasanjo has rubbished the claims made by the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, in his recently published book, describing it as “a tissue of lies More...

By News Investigators On Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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Vigilante Members Killed Three Female Suicide Bombers In Adamawa

ADAMAWA/By Tom Garba, Yola – Hunters working as vigilante group Wednesday foiled what could have been another bomb blast in Gulak headquarters of Madagali, following the killing of three female suicide bombers More...

By News Investigators On Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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Atiku Group Bemoans Economic Woes, Expect Realignment Of Forces In 2017, It Says

By Tom Garba, Yola – A group loyal to former vice president Atiku Abubakar, Atiku Support Group (ASG) has urged Nigerians to continue to endure what it described as “the worst economic crisis and social More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
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Lagos Assembly Passes N812.9Billion 2017 Budget Into Law

LAGOS/By Dipo Awojobi – The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the 2017 Budget proposal of N812. 99 billion presented by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for the state into law. The House passed the More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
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Buhari Has Done Well In Fighting Corruption -Lagos Lawmaker

By Dipo Awojobi – A Lagos Federal Lawmaker, Jide Jimoh has give President Muhammadu Buhari a pass mark in his fight against corruption, even as he urged Nigerians to have strong faith in God, saying God would More...

By News Investigators On Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
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Presidency Condemns Killing Of Nigerians In South Africa, Says 20 Were Killed In 2016 Alone

By Dipo Awojobi – The Presidency has expressed worry and condemnation over the latest extra judicial killing of a Nigerian in South Africa, even as it put the figure of Nigerians killed in that country in More...

By News Investigators On Monday, January 2nd, 2017
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PERSPECTIVE: Africa – An Imminent Financial Peril ?

The Nigeria case, Former Nigerian late President Sani Abacha had an estimated sum of funds deposited in Europeans banks, American banks and other global institutions amounting to 10/15 billion dollars. Since his More...